Romantic Getaway Card

Here is the finished card I am giving to my husband to thank him for the romantic St. Mary’s trip he has planned for us!  This is a 5X7 scenery card focused on the bed and breakfast we will be staying in.  Our B&B room has light blue wallpaper and Victorian-era wide baseboard trim in white.   This card is truly a labor of love.  I had to scour through my cartridges to create new images by using Cricut’s Design Studio because my current cartridges don’t have any furniture or windows. I think it’s time to buy more cartridges :)!

I made the window by placing four 1 inch Walk in My Garden squares inside of a 2 1/2″ WIMG square (no welding so that Cricut would cut the 1″ squares out and leave a window result).  I then cut another 2 1/2″ square on white card stock so that I could create an ocean scene with some Crayola chalks.  I did the water first with blue, green, and yellow chalk and then created a sunset with orange, yellow, and purple chalk.  Next I lightly colored in a light blue sky with chalk and then used a pencil eraser to create clouds.  I used a black pen to draw in some birds flying over the water.  I used Dollar Tree glitter glue pens in blue, green, and yellow on the water, let it dry, and then followed up with Star Dust Stickles for waves.  I glued the window frame on top of the ocean scene last.

The table consists of taking the shape on Pg. 51 of Accent Essentials and rotating it 90 degrees to get the table’s ornate feet and then adding shrunken square shapes (on Pg. 58) for the table top and table stand.  It took some maneuvering and welding to get the resulting look.  The table cloth was an after thought because I thought the table looked too plain.  So I cut out a table cloth by hand and used a black pen to add folds and creases.  The mirror was another creative moment.  I needed something for the wall so I found a shape on the Storybook cartridge (Dandelion Accent/Frame on Pg. 43) that could pass for a decorative oval mirror which I cut in tan paper (trying to make it look like a gold frame).  I cut the shape again in white to get the white oval “mirror” which I added Star Dust Stickles to for a shimmery look to mimic a mirror’s reflection.  The coffee cups and coffee pot are courtesy of some scrapbook stickers I had in my stash.  I thought it was fitting for a Bed and Breakfast card.  I used a ruler and black pen to add slats to the “wooden” floor and then I colored in some knots in the wood.  I also used a ruler and black pen on a strip of white card stock to get the appearance of wide baseboard trim.  I cut a thinner strip of white card stock for crown molding at the top of the card.    The scallop envelope is cut in blackout from the Wild Card cartridge at 5 inches (Pg. 32).  I also cut the coordinating liner at 5 inches.  All of the patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye’s Simply Delightful paper stack.

For the inside of the card, I wrote a thank you note to my husband using Word and clip art and printed it on white card stock.  The message highlights details of our upcoming trip so that it can be a keepsake of our time at St. Marys.  I used foam tape to raise the sentiment from the base.  I can’t wait for our trip and I plan to give my hubby his card when we get there.  It should be a fun, romantic trip with beautiful scenery.  We plan on exploring the riverfront, watching boats come in, and exploring Cumberland Island.  We hope to glimpse wild horses and whitetail deer and I also read that dolphins follow the ferry as it travels to the island.  We will have to have our cameras ready!

Thanks for looking!

~Vanessa

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Have a “Fin-tastic” Birthday – Fish Bowl Shape Card

Hello, I made this fun ‘fish bowl shape’ card a couple of days ago.  It’s from Cricut’s Four Legged Friends cartridge.

I used Cricut’s Design Studio to weld two 6 inch bowls together and then hid the lines that I didn’t want cut.  My cream cardstock felt a little flimsy once I cut out the fishbowl base so I cut another base in light blue for the inside of the card.  I adhered the two layers together using adhesive tape.  With allowing the bowl’s opening to cut, I was able to tie a tag (cut from WIMG at 3 inches) with a stamped birthday sentiment to the card.  Since this is a shape card, the tag also allowed me room to include the bubbles that go with the fish bowl.  I don’t have a lot of cute stamps with funny puns but my computer has provided a great work around.  I typed the fun, fishy sentiment in Word and printed it on a Storybook image cut at 3 1/2 inch (taped the shape to copy paper and ran it through the printer).  I cut this image again at 3 3/4 inches in orange cardstock for a shadow.  I used foam tape on the fish and sentiment to add dimension.  Here is my tutorial showing how the fish and bowl were cut in Design Studio ~ Fish Bowl Shape Card Tutorial.

You can find related posts below.  Mel and Faith’s blogs are full of fun and creative ideas.  It was nice to have examples to look at when constructing the fish bowl and fish layers.

Embossing Technique for the Water

I am still learning about different embossing techniques and I stumbled onto this wonderful blog by Deena at http://acreativeneed.wordpress.com/techniques.  She features a post called  “Negative Embossing with VersaMark (Watermark)”.  I love the card she made using this technique so I tried it on the water for the fish bowl. I used a VersaMark ink pad to cover the entire negative side of my D’vine Swirl embossing folder.  Then I put the paper inside the folder and ran it through my Sizzix embossing machine.  Next, I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the paper and then used my heat gun.  As I heated the powder, I noticed that my choice of cardstock didn’t result in a shiny finish but rather an oily look which altered the shade of the paper.  But in this instance, I am more pleased with the results because it looks distressed.  By inking the reverse side of the embossing folder, my swirly waves are lighter in color and stand out more.  It looks like I sandpapered the raised edges so it’s interesting how it turned out by “accident” :).

This card was a lot of fun to make and I might make another one to keep on my desk!  It’s pleasing to watch fish swim and this is the next best thing when you have cats!

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

“Me + You = Forever” Anniversary Card

Sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! My husband and I went to Florida for the July 4th holiday to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and mother-in-law. We also saw my other brother-in-law, his wife, and their two children. We had a wonderful time filled with delicious food and great laughs. It was great to see them again! During the trip, my sister and I went to a local aquarium and had a lot of fun looking at sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, and clown fish. It reminded me of our college days when we went to an aquarium any chance we could get. We always had a blast!

Now we are back home and settled into our routine but there is one more special occasion for me and my husband! We will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary very soon! Seems like yesterday when we first met. I made this card reminiscent of young loves etching their initials in a tree. I changed it up a bit by hanging a heart sign from a tree with our initials on it ~ G + V. I wrote the sentiment for the inside of the card and typed it in Word using an oval-shape text box. The font is Batik Regular in light blue and I love how it looks like it came from a typewriter. I changed the oval’s border style and color to a tan stitch border. I cut a 4 1/2 inch oval from Cricut’s Storybook cartridge on cream cardstock and then taped the oval to a sheet of copy paper to get it to print the stitches and message appropriately. It took a couple of tries to line everything up but I am pleased with the result. I hope Glen likes it. It usually takes me a while to complete a card because I tend to over think every decision, but I guess that means I’m either a perfectionist or I just want it to be as special as it can be for the one I love. The front of the card is cheery with blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and two love birds sitting in the tree with our heart sign. There is also a wooden sign from Cricut’s Walk in My Garden (WIMG) cartridge that reads “love” thanks to the help of Cricut’s Design Studio. For the inside of the card, I embossed a Martha Stewart image of a bird sitting on a branch, using brown ink and clear embossing powder and then heat set it to make it glossy.

What do you do if you don’t have any clouds on any of your Cricut cartridges? Well, that is what happened to me in this case. I was so determined to have clouds on my card that if I couldn’t modify an image in Design Studio I was going to free-hand some clouds with scissors. Fortunately, I found a tree top image from my Wild Card cartridge and was able to “modify” it in Design Studio. The tree icon intended for the owl card’s envelope can be turned into a cloud by using the ‘hide selected contour’ feature to hide the smaller half of the split tree top. Repeat this step again with another tree top and then rotate it until it’s upside down, and with a bit of maneuvering and welding, you get a passable cloud. I made two clouds for the front of the card. Do you think it’s passable? I think it worked out ok. For screenshots of how the cloud was formed, check out this pdf – Cloud Tutorial Using Wild Card.  To add some texture, I embossed the clouds with a D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug folder.

If you would like more details on the overall card, leave me a comment and I will give you the exact measurements.

Thanks for looking!
Vanessa

“Celebrating Freedom” Card

Soon we will be celebrating our nation’s 235th birthday as the United States of America!

Most Americans will probably celebrate by having family barbecues or picnics at the park with hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, and baked beans.  They might also see a fantastic fire works display.  I was inspired to make this patriotic red, white, and blue card for a family member.  I added the ladybug and daisies to bring in the picnic aspect of July 4th celebrations.  As we celebrate the gift of freedom in our own unique ways, may everyone be blessed and remember these important words from the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

*Card made from Cricut’s Walk in My Garden and Wild Card Cartridges and Cricut’s Design Studio for the star cut-out background.

A Daisy For Her

This is a card I made for a family member who has an upcoming birthday.  She is a young, independent woman who has been dealing with some of life’s challenges all on her own, away from family.  I am sending this card to send sunny days her way to let her know we are thinking of her and wish her much happiness.  When I think of her, this daisy flower personifies her charm, wit, and spunkiness.  She is loyal, supportive, and caring of family and friends alike.  I admire her courage in a tough world that seems to always impose challenges at the worst possible moments, but she overcomes and still manages a smile and a joke.  Happy Birthday Sharon and I hope sunny days come your way with bright blue skies.

Card Details
  • Cricut’s Walk In My Garden Cartridge (daisy)
  • Paper
    1. Wausau’s Mocha Mix – Royal Fiber Driftwood cardstock
    2. My Mind’s Eye Simply Delightful – light blue and polka dot paper
  • Embellishments ~ large light-blue button, Hemp cord in light green, D’vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, pink & white striped ribbon from Dear Lizzy assortment, pink adhesive gems, Martha Stewart “You’re Invited” stamp, black stamp pad, and ‘Happy Birthday’ rub-on in white
Assembly

I paper trimmed and folded the card base first and laid it aside.  I paper trimmed polka-dotted paper measuring 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 (this allows the 5 x 7 card base to be exposed a 1/4 inch on all sides to create a layering effect) and then paper trimmed light blue paper measuring 4 1/2 x 1 1/2.  I took a Martha Stewart’s “You’re Invited” stamp that had a nice frame around the words and I trimmed a piece of scotch tape to cover up the words inside the frame.  I stamped this modified stamp into a black Stampabilities ink pad and then removed the inked-up piece of tape so that it wouldn’t put a black smudge on my paper.  Now my stamp is only inked on the frame which I then stamped to the center of the blue strip of paper.  I waited for it to dry before using a white rub-on ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment.  Then I applied a small pink adhesive gem on each side of the sentiment to add interest. I then adhered the blue strip over the polka-dotted’s bottom edge.  I ran my Scotch adhesive tape runner over a strip of ribbon and wrapped the ribbon around the paper to cover the area where the two papers meet.  I then adhered this completed card layer over the 5 x 7 card base.

The daisy was the last thing adhered to the card. I cut three WIMG daisy images at 4 inches on ivory cardstock and ran each daisy through a Cuttlebug folder called D’vine Swirls.  I took one daisy and adhered it to the polka dotted paper using a Zig Way 2 glue pen (this daisy was glued down flat).  I then took the second daisy and rotated the image so that the petals didn’t land in the same place as the first for a fuller appearance.  Once satisfied, I glued just the center of the daisy down and repeated the process with the third daisy (rotating and gluing only the center).  Since the second and third daisies’ petals were freely moving I was able to take the end of a paintbrush (a pen would work too) and curl the petals downward.  This gives the flower a 3-D look.  I then found a large light-blue button in my stash that was a perfect size for the center of the flower and I ran some light green hemp cord through the button and tied a bow.  I used white Elmer’s school glue to glue the button to the daisy’s center.  This glue seems to hold well from past experiences.

Love Birds Anniversary Card

Love Birds Anniversary Card

I made this card for my parent’s 44th wedding anniversary.  I love the fun, bright paper from Paper Studio’s Poteeka Soufflé stack and I got inspiration to do a ‘love birds’ card when I saw the colorful birds with hearts paper.  The paper looks retro so I went with the tweety bird icon found on Wild Card to go with the look.  It kind of reminds me of the Partridge Family’s bird symbol 🙂 . 

Walk in my Garden Cartridge

Pg 129 Card base <card2> cut at 5 inches shadow

Pg 128 Card face with window cut at 5 inches

  • The Paper Studio’s Poteeka Soufflé paper for card face
  • Wausau’s Mocha Mix – Royal Laid Natural cardstock for card base

Wild Card Cartridge

Anniversary Card Sentiment

Pg 47 Icon shift (tweety bird) cut 2 birds at 2 inches (flipped one)

Pg 67 Liner heart cut at 1 inch and cut again at 2 inches

  • The Paper Studio’s Poteeka Soufflé paper (pink and lime green)
  • Stardust Stickles for the birds’ eyes
  • Lime green ribbon – Paper Studio’s Pastel Ribbon Scrap Pack

Storybook Cartridge

Pg 69 Happily Ever After <EverAftr> base cut at 3 inches; then press shift <Ever-s> cut at 3 inches

Pg 69 Happily Ever After in shadow cut at 3 inches

  • The Paper Studio’s Poteeka Soufflé paper (pink and lime green)
  • Wausau’s Mocha Mix – Royal Complements Umber cardstock for the shadow

Mother’s Day Cards

I hope all of the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!  I created my very first mother’s day greeting cards for my mother and mother-in-law this past week and had so much fun making them with my Cricut Expression.  I used the Wild Card, Walk in My Garden, and Storybook cartridges to create the rose and hydrangea cards shown above.  The card base was cut from white cardstock and all of the colored paper came from the My Mind’s Eye “Simply Delightful” paper stack.

Rose Card

Wild Card Cuts ~ Cut a 5 inch scallop card (pg. 32) from white cardstock; made the following cuts from red and white polka dot paper: cut the liner (pg. 32) for the card face and the scallop frame (pg. 32) for the inside of the card at 5 inches; cut “Happy Mother’s Day” phrase (pg. 39) from dark brown paper at 6 inches

Walk in My Garden Cuts ~ Cut a 2 inch pot (pg. 91) and then pressed shift to cut the flower pot rim from dark brown paper; cut four roses (pg. 98) at 2 inches (roses took three cuts  ~ cut the rose with stem in light green, then cut the detailed rose head in red paper by pressing shift, then cut the flower head in pink paper using the blackout feature)

Storybook Cuts ~ Cut a 3 1/2 inch oval in dark brown paper by pressing accent blackout and the shift key (pg. 53); cut a 3 1/4 inch oval in white cardstock by pressing accent blackout and the shift key (pg. 53).  I ran the white oval through my Sizzix embosser using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder

Used pink gauze ribbon with white polka dots from the Paper Studio pastel ribbon pack (Hobby Lobby)

Hydrangea Card

Wild Card Cuts ~ Cut a 5 inch scallop card (pg. 32) from white cardstock; made the following cuts from multi-color polka dot paper: cut the liner (pg. 32) for the card face and the scallop frame (pg. 32) for the inside of the card at 5 inches; cut “Happy Mother’s Day” phrase (pg. 39) from dark brown paper at 6 inches

Walk in My Garden Cuts ~ Cut a 2 inch vase (pg. 102)  from dark brown paper; cut five hydrangeas (pg. 101) at 2 inches (hydrangeas took three cuts  ~ cut the flower with stem in light green, then cut the flower heads by pressing shift in light blue paper, then cut another set of flower heads in darker blue paper for variety)

Storybook Cuts ~ Cut a 3 1/2 inch oval in dark brown paper by pressing accent blackout and the shift key (pg. 53); cut a 3 1/4 inch oval in white cardstock by pressing accent blackout and the shift key (pg. 53).  I ran the white oval through my Sizzix embosser using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder

Used light blue gauze ribbon with light blue satin borders from the Paper Studio pastel ribbon pack (Hobby Lobby)

Easter Greeting Cards

Here are pictures of four Easter cards I made for my extended family.  I made two in pink and two in light blue using Cricut’s Walk in My Garden cartridge.  I also used the Camp Out cartridge for the bunny shape (cut at 2 3/8 inches using Design Studio) and the Wild Card Cartridge for the sun shape (image is actually an icon for the Porthole card on page 55 of the Wild Card manual) but when cut twice in orange and yellow paper it makes a nice sun graphic.  The “sun” was cut at 4 inches.  The Easter ribbon was purchased from Hobby Lobby on clearance for 59 cents and it was just enough to make my four cards.  The card base is cut from WIMG at 5 inches (card2 on page 129) and then I used a corner rounder punch to round all corners of the card.  The tulips are from WIMG’s border feature and cut at 2 inches (page 99).  I am particularly proud of my grass graphic.  I scoured my cartridges for a grass image and the only one available to me was the grass border from WIMG which I used on a previously posted turtle card and hello card (Walk in My Garden ~ Cards for Spring post).  I wanted more of a grassy hill look for my Easter card so I decided to use a graphic in a new way.  On page 105 of the WIMG cartridge manual, there is a seed packet border image (seed packets on top of dirt mounds).  I used Design Studio and selected the “hide selected contour” feature to hide the seed packets and other markings in the dirt.  Here’s how this feature works: left-click on the line you want to omit from cutting (this changes it from black to red).  While it’s still selected, right-click and choose “hide selected contour” and the red line changes to pink.  Next, deselect the image altogether and watch it change to light blue (this means anything in light blue will not cut).  Once I hid these unwanted lines, I was left with an image that resembled grass when cut in green paper.  I played with different sizes and noticed that a cut of this image at 2 inches made a good width for my 5 inch card base.  I then stretched the graphic downward just a bit to widen the look of the grass.

To give the card some needed dimension, I used my Sizzix Embossing machine and two Cuttlebug folders to add texture to the sun and the grass.   The first pink card I made was my “beta” test and I had already adhered the grass before I made the decision to run the other cards’ grass through the embosser.  At least you can see how it looks with and without embossing.  The sun was run through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  The grass was run through the Stylized Flowers Cuttlebug folder.

Hope you like the cards.  I had a lot of fun making them and have heard from my family how much they loved them!

Walk in My Garden ~ Cards for Spring

I made two cards tonight from the Walk in My Garden (WIMG) cartridge utilizing the grass feature found on page 108 cut at 1 inch on both cards. 

Hello Card Recipe:

Cut card base from Walk in My Garden (card2) on page 129 on white cardstock.  I designed the size on Cricut’s Design Studio software to get a card that would measure 5 x 6 3/4 once folded in half.  So the card cut actually measured 5 x 13.5.  Next I used a paper trimmer to cut a 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 card face from light blue cardstock from Cricut’s Rainbow 6×12 stack.  I used ribbon from the Dear Lizzy assortment and ran it around the top of the blue paper, taping it on the back, and then adhered the card face to the white card base.

I cut the tree icon from the Wild Card cartridge on page 38 at 6 inches using Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (light green).  I repeated the cut with brown cardstock by pressing shift to cut the brown tree trunk at 6 inches.

I cut the grass border from WIMG at 1 inch (page 108) in Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (light green).  I made three cuts of this same image.  I overlapped the grass in the middle before gluing to get the right fit on the card.

I cut the button flower (btnflr) from WIMG at 2 inches (page 94) using Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (light green).  I made three cuts of this same image.  I then pressed shift to cut the flower petals three times in yellow.  Then cut 3 more times in orange.

I tucked the tree and the assembled flowers/stems behind the grass before completely adhering everything down.

I stamped “Hello” using a pinkish-red ink pad.  I applied pink glitter glue to the leaves on the tree and applied yellow glitter glue to the centers of each flower and grass border for some sparkle.

3/29/10 update to post ~ previous photos of the Hello card showed the card when the glitter glue was still wet.  I was anxious to post pictures when I completed the card that I didn’t wait for it to dry :).  Since that time, I took photos of how it really looked just prior to mailing it to my nephew and niece.  The updated picture is posted above.

Turtle Card Recipe:

Manually trimmed white cardstock to 10×7 (folded in half and scored gets you a 5×7 card).  All of the papers on the card face are from Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack.  The light blue paper was trimmed to 4  x 4 3/4 inches and then I ran this through my Sizzix embossing machine using D’vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The brown paper was trimmed to 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.  I tied ribbon from the Dear Lizzy assortment around the blue paper and adhere this to the card base with an adhesive runner.  Then I adhered the brown paper to nudge up to the blue paper.

I cut the turtle from WIMG at 2 inches (page 111) in Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (dark green).  I then pressed shift to cut the shell in light green at 2 inches.

I cut the grass from WIMG at 1 inch (page 108) in Cricut’s Earthtones 6×12 stack (dark green).  I made three cuts of this same image.  I then pressed shift to cut the top layer of the grass (grass-s) at 1 inch in light green.  I made three cuts of this same image.

I assembled the turtle and the grass and adhered it to the front of the card.

3/29/10 update to post ~ I recently bought a set of Stickles glitter glue from Hobby Lobby and added it to the turtle’s shell lines.  I used Star Dust stickles (very carefully I might add since the turtle was already adhered :)) and it gave the card some needed sparkle.  The updated picture is posted above.